Meet FACE Success Story Goober!

This sweet pup enjoying a seaside adventure is a 9 year old Corgi named Goober.  Goober loves a good meal, so his mom was concerned when he suddenly stopped eating.

Our friends at Morena Pet Hospital discovered that Goober had a foreign object lodged in his throat.  Foreign body obstruction is a common veterinary emergency in dogs.

Goober needed surgery, but his mom is on a limited disability income.  Morena referred her to FACE, and she applied for a grant for financial assistance.

We were able to make a pledge towards Goober’s care and wish Goober and his mom many more happy days at the beach!

 

Watch the Trailer for “Buddy” – A New Film About Service Dogs

Ready for a heartwarming documentary about service dogs and the people who rely on them?  Be sure to keep an eye out for the movie Buddy, a film from the Netherlands that tells the stories of six special service dogs and their owners.

Buddy is currently playing in a few select theatres around the US, but if it’s not in your town, be sure to watch for the DVD and streaming releases.

Here’s the official trailer for the film:

 

How Our Personalities Affect Our Cats’ Care and Well-Being

A new research study on personality type and cat ownership provides some interesting insights into how our personalities can impact our cats’ lives.

Researchers surveyed over 3,000 UK cat owners on their personality types based on the “Big Five Inventory”

  • Agreeableness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extroversion
  • Neuroticism
  • Openness

They also asked the owners several questions about how they cared for their cats.  The findings show that our personality types play a big role in how we relate to our cats.

For example, owners identified as having high neuroticism were more likely to keep their cats indoors.  They were also more likely to report behavior problems such as anxiety and obesity in their cats.

In contrast, the researchers found that extroverted owners were more likely to let their cats have access to the outdoors.

Owners identified as agreeable reported greater overall satisfaction with their cats and were also more likely to identify their cats as being at a normal weight.

Conscientious owners tended to view their cats as more outgoing and less anxious, fearful, or aloof than other owner types.

The researchers note that these findings are similar to other studies on parental personality type and child rearing practices.  Not surprisingly, parents identified as “neurotic” are more likely to have overprotective caregiving styles that can cause stress in their children.

For more information on pet parenting styles, check out this article from Science Daily.

 

Meet FACE Success Story Coyote Apollo Ace!

This cute pup with a very fancy name is Coyote Apollo Ace!  He recently snuck under the backyard fence and ran into the street where he was unfortunately hit by a car.

Coyote Apollo Ace needed a surgery called a femoral head ostectomy, which is the removal of the head and neck of the femur.

Coyote’s loving family worked hard to come up with a portion of the funds for his critical surgery, and with the help of a FACE grant, were able to get to the full amount needed.

Thanks to our veterinary partners at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of North County (San Diego) for performing Coyote’s surgery!

 

Dog Lost in California Wildfire Found After 101 Days

The Ballejos family of Paradise, California reunited with their Akita Kingston 101 days after he went missing during last year’s devastating Camp Fire.

Kingston jumped out of their truck while they were evacuating, and the family never gave up hope that they would find their dog again.

Animal rescuers have been searching the fire area for months.  They have found dozens of dogs and cats lost during the fire.

Kingston seems to have survived by hunting and eating skunks, based on his pungent scent when they found him!

Click HERE for a heartwarming news video of the happy reunion!

Image:  Ben Lepe, Associated Press